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Heller will still vote no on health care

Nevada Appeal News Service

With the vote on health care reform possible this weekend, U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., reaffirmed in his monthly rural news conference this week that he would vote against the bill.

“I voted against it when it was 1,000 pages, I voted against it when it was 2,000 pages, and I will vote against it at 2,700 pages,” Heller vowed.

Heller said the main issues facing the country, and Nevadans in particular, are employment and the economy. In a poll conducted by Heller, he said 85 percent of the respondents said jobs and the economy were more important.

The two-term Congressman said the Obama administration is too preoccupied with health care.

“The administration has put so much into health care … they don’t want to step away,” he said.

Heller said the Washington Beltway has isolated many of his colleagues from the unemployment.

“The Beltway is recession proof,” Heller said. “The federal government has added 120,000 new jobs. For example, in the Department of Education, the average salary is over $100,000.”

Nevada Reps. Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus, both Democrats, have said they would vote for the bill.